Category Archives: Fungi & Slime Molds

Stopping for Mushrooms

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While cycling, I try to keep a brisk pace. Although I enjoy the scenery, I seldom stop to look around. But on a ride last week I was compelled to get off my bike a take some pictures. I was … Continue reading

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A Fungal Oddity

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Decomposition is a quiet and mostly hidden process. Those organisms involved in the business of decomposing generally tend to their job without a lot of fanfare. And yet these ecological heroes play an important role in the natural cycle of … Continue reading

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Red Cup Fungi – Where did they come from?

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I often post new things I discover in the one acre wooded area behind my house. And I am constantly amazed by what presents itself in the small place I have explored so many times before. When I think back … Continue reading

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Another Look at Bird’s Nest Fungi

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It always fascinates me to see how many creative ways different organisms have found to not only survive, but flourish. Some do this using clever schemes to extend their range. Although many fungi live within narrow environmental parameters, their spore … Continue reading

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A Fungus Mystery Unraveled…Kind of

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I found some interesting fungi in my back yard a couple months ago. They were growing on the branch of an alder that came down in a storm last year. I took some photos and was eager to do a … Continue reading

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Frozen Willow Jellies

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I found these ice encrusted Willow Jelly Fungi in my back yard this morning. The fact that they were frozen is of little importance except that they made an interesting subject for my new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 camera. Yes, I … Continue reading

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Red-Belted Bracket Fungi

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2012 CAMP SERIES: SECTION 4 Many bracket fungi form roughly semicircular shelves called “conks” on dead or living trees. I believe the pictured specimens are red-belted (or banded) polypore, though I am by no means an authority on shelf fungi. … Continue reading

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Putting Lichens in Focus

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2012 CAMP SERIES: SECTION 3 While hiking in the woods, I tend to focus on encountering things that are rare and hard to find. Yet sometimes the more common discoveries turn out to provide the most interest, if I really … Continue reading

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A Real Camp Treasure: Dog Vomit Slime Mold

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2012 CAMP SERIES: SECTION 1 It was day one of our camping trip. We had greeted those families that had arrived before us, and spent a little time catching up with everyone. The tent was set up, and I was … Continue reading

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Freckle Pelt Lichens

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It has been a while since I have posted about lichens. I found this patch in the early morning of the fifth of July in an area around Summit Lake in Olympia, Washington. Freckle Pelt Lichen (Peltigera britannica), also known … Continue reading

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